Many pediatricians encourage parents to begin introducing the cup when they introduce juice to their baby. This will probably occur somewhere around six to eight months. This doesn't mean that you need to stop breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby, but it may help him make the eventual switch to using a cup exclusively if you begin at an early age.
While many pediatricians discourage bottle use after a baby reaches her first birthday, this should really be a personal decision based on your baby's needs. Keep in mind, however, that the longer your child uses a bottle, the tougher it may be to take that bottle away
at 11:18 AM on Jul. 15, 2008